Siloam Springs, Ark (February 13, 2004) - The John Brown University music department will host award-winning theater artist and storyteller Christopher Leebrick Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Recital Hall in the Cathedral of the Ozarks. The performance is free and open to the public. The presentation will include northwest folklore and tall tales; stories from England, Ireland and Europe; and a wide array of Southern Appalachian folk tales. He will also feature tales from the Old West; African, Native American and original stories; as well as narrative poetry. Leebrick began telling stories at the age of thirteen and has been performing professionally since 1986. His CD “Stories from All Over” received a 2003 Storytelling World Award, and he was a featured performer at the 23rd Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival. “Storytelling is quite possibly the world’s oldest art form,” Leebrick said. “The need to hear and tell stories is inherent; through the power of story we can grow in our understanding of what it means to be human.” This presentation is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Arkansas Arts Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. John Brown University is a top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.